Phuc Dat Bich: Man with ‘misleading’ name thanks supporters of cultural diversity
Australian man Phuc Dat Bich is grateful the virtual world has now accepted him for who he is – and thanked the many thousands who’ve supported his cultural diversity.
By Sarah Abo
24 NOV 2015 - 11:07 AM UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO
Phuc Dat Bich has officially won the war on words.
Yes, the young man of Vietnamese origin, who was accused of using a fake name, has triumphed above the doubters and said he’s grateful for the support and hoped his saga has “played a part in brightening your days!”
After being kicked off Facebook multiple times, the 23-year-old Phuc Dat Bich posted his passport photo to prove his name was real.
“I find it highly irritating the fact that nobody seems to believe me when I say that my full legal name is how you see it,” he wrote.
Mr Bich suggested the popular social media platform was not as accepting of diversity as it claims to be.
“I’ve been accused of using a false and misleading name of which I find very offensive. Is it because I’m Asian? Is it? Having my fb shut down multiple times and forced to change my name to my “real” name, so just to put it out there. My name.”
The January post has now gone global – it’s received more than 160, 000 likes and been shared almost 85, 000 times.
But just how do you pronounce Phuc Dat Bich?
In fact, Phuc Dat Bich is an unremarkable name in Vietnam – and it’s actually pronounced “Foo Dah Bi”, not the version that draws giggles from those of us unfamiliar with the tonal patterns of the Vietnamese tongue.
Now that his account stands, the bank worker and car fanatic used Facebook to thank his supporters.
“I’d like to mention that I am very grateful to those who have been supportive of certain names that populate in different cultures," he posted.
"We live in a diverse and multicultural society and the fact that there are people out there who are supportive and encouraging really makes me happy.
"I’ve never ranted nor wept that my post would get this sort of exposure. But I am glad and honoured to be able to make people happy by simply making them laugh at something that appears outrageous and ridiculous.
"Much tragic events have happened all over the world, out of it all only happiness can mend. As an individual I hope I have played a part in brightening your days! PDB”